Monthly Archives: July 2015

Buxton Fringe

With everything that’s going on in Manchester at the moment it’s easy to forget that an hour away by train is the Buxton Fringe. Running since 1980, and focused on the town centre, this has more the feel of a proper Fringe; many artists use it as a preview before setting off for Edinburgh. For… Continue Reading →

Flare (2) – Contact Theatre Triple Bill

The Tuesday evening triple bill at Contact sees a vibrant technicolour ‘Dance Peas’ sandwiched between two altogether darker but similar pieces. ‘With Force and Noise’ by Hannah Sullivan (UK) and ‘For Thine’ by Sanne Van Rijn/HKU/Johnny’s Horse employ similar concepts.  Both aim to slow down time and create silence in the first half, in order to… Continue Reading →

Flare (1) – Martin Harris Centre

Flare Festival arrives in Manchester for the week.  ‘Flare is about bringing to the city some of the best and most distinctive cutting edge theatre by new artists from across this country, the rest of Europe and beyond’ (Artistic Director, Neil Mackenzie).  The programme is ‘curated’, which suggests both a selection process and ‘acknowledges the theatrical performance… Continue Reading →

Neck of the Woods

Neck of the Woods is HOME’s offering for MIF15.  And this is truly a collaborative production, in the best spirit of the Manchester International Festival, bringing together visual arts (Turner Prize-winning artist Douglas Gordon), world class music (pianist Hélène Grimaud) and spoken word (written by Veronica Gonzalez Peña, performed by Charlotte Rampling), and backed by the MIF Sacred… Continue Reading →

Before I Fall

Z-Arts is a new venue for me.  It’s aimed at children and families and has a fantastic reputation in that field.  The space is welcoming, with a good cafe.  Next week there are Flare Festival events here.  Today I’m seeing Before I Fall, presented by Without Theatre and part of the GM Fringe. I take… Continue Reading →